First lime coat almost finished

Other than the East wall, which still needs to completely dry out, the first ‘stipple coat’ of lime is on; using a three to one mix of a very course or sharp sand and normal builders lime, which we soaked in a bath of water overnight. More to keep the dust down than anything, but I believe it probably is better for mixing as well.

So we have started on the North wall second coat as we wait for the East to dry; various theories on adding fibre glass mesh to strengthen the areas around doors and windows; at least we only have one door and one window on this side of the house. Decisions, decisions…

WE had lunch and decided to go with the mesh round the windows and doors, as well as the bottom edge of the wall; mess about 30 cm embedded into the lime render. Picture to follow if I get up in time in the morning!

Posted in Straw Bale House.


  1. Hi Eddie & Gosia.

    Excellent progress. you have certainly been lucky with the weather. (Climate change!)

    I undertand that whenever Jewish folks get sick, they’re given chicken soup. Funny how these things get around.

    I was watching them put the plaster on some of the apartments at Marina and there seemed to be a layer of mesh over the externally applied Rockwool insulation. I guess this is the fibre glss you mention in your post. It would certainly help to re-inforece the reveals around the doors but may not be necessary around windows.

    Best wishes

    Martin Ilon and Zac

    • Jewish penicillin 
      Thanks for your input Martin; we went round the windows as well just as a precaution, you never know when they might get slammed 🙂

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